The Process (Skinny Puppy album)

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The Process
A sepia photograph of a miniature apartment complex, taken by Steven R. Gilmore
Studio album by Skinny Puppy
Released February 27, 1996
Recorded November 1993 - May 1995
Studio
Genre
Length 43:08
Label
Producer
Skinny Puppy chronology
Last Rights
(1992)Last Rights1992
The Process
(1996)
The Greater Wrong of the Right
(2004)The Greater Wrong of the Right2004
Singles from Post Self
  1. "Candle"
    Released: 1996

The Process is the eighth studio album by Canadian industrial band Skinny Puppy. Released through American Recordings on February 27, 1996, The Process was the band's final album before reforming in 2000 and releasing The Greater Wrong of the Right in 2004.[1] Skinny Puppy's keyboardist, Dwayne Goettel, died near the end of The Process's creation,[2] and the album was fraught with difficult production and record label intrusion.[3][4]

Background and concept[edit]

"Jahya" was the first song recorded for The Process, and it was the only song recorded at Skinny Puppy's regular studio, Mushroom Studios.[5] The album's producer changed multiple times, from Roli Mosimann to Martin Atkins to Dave Ogilvie.[6] According to cEvin Key, their label, American Recordings, had pressured the band into adopting a more commercial sound or more industrial metal sound similar to Nine Inch Nails. Following tensions between band members, Nivek Ogre left the band[2] on June 12, 1995. American Recordings decided to drop Skinny Puppy after the release of The Process. The band's keyboardist, Dwayne Goettel, died of a heroin overdose[2] shortly thereafter on August 23, 1995.[7] Following Dwayne's death, cEvin and Dave completed mixing of The Process.

The Process was intended to be a concept album about a psychotherapy cult from the 1960s[2] known as The Process Church of the Final Judgement, which Ogre was introduced to by Genesis P. Orridge.

Artwork[edit]

Alternate full-color version of the art

The cover art, which depicts a photograph of a miniature model,[8] is by Steven R. Gilmore.[9] Gilmore created the art in the memory of Goettel and his wife Colette. About the cover, he wrote:

"The single lit window is a metaphor for the people we have lost and who have gone on to a better place. The remaining darkened rooms represent the people left behind who have to come face to face with grief, survivors guilt and depression."[10]

A full-color version of the cover was considered, but ultimately Gilmore chose the sepia-tinted artwork as the final product.[11]

Release[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[12]
CMJMixed[1]
Kerrang!Favorable[13]
Melody MakerFavorable[14]
LA Times3/4 stars[15]
Select1/5[16]

At the time of its release, The Process was considered to be the final Skinny Puppy album;[7][17] the liner notes simply say "The End" after the album credits.[18] However, Ogre and Key reformed the band in 2000 and finally released in 2004 a new album, The Greater Wrong of the Right, eight years after the release of The Process.

Critical reception[edit]

The Process received mixed reviews. AllMusic writer Steve Huey criticized the album for failing to convey any of its concepts, but concluded, "Still, credit must be given to the band for having finished the record at all, and in its own way, the confusion of The Process speaks volumes."[2]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Jahya"3:34
2."Death"3:56
3."Candle"4:58
4."Hardset Head"4:06
5."Cult"3:03
6."Process"5:02
7."Curcible"3:28
8."Blue Serge"5:13
9."Morter"4:39
10."Amnesia"4:20
11."Cellar Heat"0:49
Total length:43:08

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[19] 102
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[20] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 48

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jarman, David (March 1996). "Skinny Puppy 'The Process'". CMJ New Music Monthly (31): 44.
  2. ^ a b c d e Huey, Steve. "The Process Review". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 27, 2010.
  3. ^ Gourley, Bob. "Skinny Puppy frontman Nivek Ogre interviewed about his ohGr side project". chaoscontrol.com. Chaos Control. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Yücel, Ilker. "Skinny Puppy InterView: Shapes for Arms – Pt. 2". regenmag.com. Regen Magazine. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  5. ^ Key, cEvin. "Jahya was the first song recorded for the album. Was the only song I wrote in Mushroom. Recorded w Ken Marshall, starting with a 20 foot long 2" tape loop of live played Piano. Then layed down the big purple puppy acoustic kit drums to compose the song. Guitar was later added at the Process sessions in Malibu by Patrick Sproule additional modular synths were not worked in until a year or so later, so it came in pieces". Facebook. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Robbins, Ira (1997). The Trouser Press Guide to 90's Rock. Fireside. p. 657. ISBN 0-684-81437-4.
  7. ^ a b McCaughey, Brian F. (1996). "Skinny Puppy: A Difficult Process". RIP Magazine.
  8. ^ Gilmore, Steven R. "After 25 hours of retouching the Skinny Puppy "The Process"". Instagram. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Kern, Jay (2010). Skinny Puppy: The Illustrated Discography (Second Edition). Mythos Press. p. 46.
  10. ^ Gilmore, Steven R. "Gilmore cover art Facebook post". Facebook. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  11. ^ Gilmore, Steven R. "Gilmore full-color cover art Facebook post". Facebook. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  12. ^ Allmusic review
  13. ^ Lukes, Daniel (March 3, 2007). "Where to Start with Skinny Puppy". Kerrang! (1148): 53. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  14. ^ "Skinny Puppy 'The Process' Review". Melody Maker: 35. February 17, 1996.
  15. ^ Masuo, Sandy. "In Brief Skinny Puppy 'The Process' (March 3, 1996)". Los Angeles Times. articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  16. ^ Mitchell, Ben (March 1996). "New Albums: Skinny Puppy - The Process". Select (69): 97. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  17. ^ "Skinny Puppy—The Process". CMJ New Music Monthly. College Media Inc. (March 1996).
  18. ^ The Process (Media notes). Skinny Puppy. Los Angeles, California: American Recordings. 1996.
  19. ^ "Skinny Puppy Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  20. ^ "Skinny Puppy Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Skinny Puppy – The Process". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 21, 2014.

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